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Working with Dreams

Learn how to understand dreams and how to reflect on them to enrich your personal life and professional work.

About this event

Dreaming is a common experience for many people. Understanding more about our dreams and learning how to reflect on them is enriching for personal life as well as for our professional work.

Our interest in dreams is ancient and goes back as far as records began. There are numerous references to dreams in the Bible and other religious texts. Bion, (1962) mentions dreams as a contact barrier between the conscious and unconscious mind, which reminds me of the image of a gateway providing both a protective defence yet access. 

This paradox is partly what draws us to the enigmatic quality of dreams and can be both fascinating and frustrating all at the same time.

This workshop will consider the resources and relevance in working with dreams. I draw on ideas from Jungian psychoanalysis, as well as relational psychotherapy and transactional analysis to provide a structure for working with dreams in a meaningful and respectful way. 

Participants are invited to bring a dream of their own or a dream from a client that they wish to explore further.

Learning Outcomes: 

  • Introduction to our human interest in dreaming 
  • Basic ideas from Freud and Jung Input of clinical examples and practice as a relational psychotherapist 
  • Structure of working through a dream for personal use and/or clinical practice 
  • Discussion and exploration in small groups and large group

Key Benefits: 

Interest, insight, developing skills for practice.

About the Tutor:

Karen Minikin BA (Hons) Counselling, MSc Psychotherapy, Dip in Supervision, Training and Supervising Transactional Analyst. 

Karen is a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist with over twenty years of clinical practice. Her work with dreams is integral to her work as a relational and radical practitioner and author.

Target Audience: 

Practicing counsellors and psychotherapists. 

COVID-19 College Regulations:

- Do not enter if you have displayed any symptoms of COVID-19 within the last 14 days or potentially been in contact with anyone who has had or displayed symptoms within the last 14 days.

- Please adhere to social distancing guidelines at all times ensuring to keep 2 meters distance at least.

- Do not share stationary or tools these should be kept for individual use.

- All paperwork to be signed and sent electronically only.

- Use hand wipes, gels or other sanitisers provided.

- Ensure any equipment you are bringing on site has been cleaned and disinfected prior to coming onto site.

- Please wash your hands on a regular basis.

- Please cough, sneeze or blow your nose into tissues and dispose of these immediately, if none are available please cough or sneeze into your elbow and wash immediately.

- Use any PPE required as per the sites rules.

- We will be sending all attendees a COVID-19 Pre-Visit Declaration Form prior to the event.


This is an 'in person' workshop, based at Iron Mill's venue in Exeter. The running of this workshop as an 'in person' workshop is dependent on the Covid-19 restrictions and social distancing measures in place at the time of the workshop date. If Covid-19 restrictions are such that the workshop cannot go ahead in person, it will either be postponed or moved online. If this happens, all delegates will be contacted and offered the choice to re-book or receive a refund. We will review arrangements 2 weeks' before the event and inform you of any changes.

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